Friday, February 24, 2017

Jesus, King Of The Jews (LG65)

Then Pilate asked Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” He answered him and said, “It is as you say.” (Mark 15:2; Luke 23:3; Mat 26:11; John 18:33-37)

Our Lord confirmed that He came as the king of the Jews in all the four gospels. This shows the importance of Jesus being made King. Was He enthroned as a King during His lifetime on earth?  No, except in mockery.

John 18:36  Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here.”

He declared that He did not come to be the king of Israel but the King of the Jews.

Mat 2:2  saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”

Our Lord made it very clear to all, including the wise men (gentiles) from the East, that Jesus would come as the king of the Jews to fulfill the Old Testaments of Judaism, and also that Jesus, the Messiah of the Jews, was indeed the incarnate of Yahweh, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob (and not any other gods or idols).

Mat 15:24  But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

Mat 10:5-6  These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

Our Lord came to save the Jews only. So He instructed His disciples to preach only to the Jews and avoid the gentiles. Thus after His crucifixion and resurrection only the Jews were saved.

Acts 4:31  And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.

After the disciples received the power of the Holy Spirit, they were fearless, boldly preaching to the Jews with signs and wonders. They were united and their faith were so great that they gave up all they had.

Acts 4:32-33  Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all.

So after His resurrection prophecy was fulfilled by His disciples, who exalted Jesus and enthroned Him as the 'King of the Jews' in the kingdom of God within everyone of  them by their obedience in His word, teachings and commandments as His Royal decrees.